The Goodreads TBR is not a reflection of all the books on my TBR. It’s only a reflection of books on my TBR that I don’t own. I figured, if I own the book, I should remember to read it. That helped with a fraction of the list.
As of writing this, my Goodreads TBR is 174, down from 479.
Like, can a girl get a high five or something?! 😀
After deleting all the books I own on a physical or digital shelf, except one, for nonsense reasons, I opened nearly every single other book and skimmed the blurb. Yes, this took days, but like I said in my last post about my TBR problems, this is fun for me. ^_^
For one thing, some of those books didn’t exist anymore, mostly the box sets. For another, I tried to be honest about what I was actually likely to read. I was going to focus more on certain genres and categories, since I admittedly have a strong preference for paranormal and darker contemporary fantasy, but I ended up treating most of the books the same. As in, I only kept them on the list if I couldn’t stand to remove them for whatever logical or illogical reason, no matter the genre.
While I read few thrillers and mysteries, I do tend to really enjoy them when I do, so I didn’t want to remove anything just because it was contemporary, for example, because I do occasionally find a contemporary book that I really like! That said, I did some math and discovered that YA accounts for less than 25% of what I actually read, though it’s probably 50% of what I buy, so that’s something I want to change now I’m analyzing my actual reading habits. It doesn’t make sense to buy 20 YA books a year if I’m only reading 10.
I didn’t remove anything due to low ratings, but I did remove two books due to confusing blurbs that also happened to have horrible reviews. But like, I kept a book that has a 2.89 on Goodreads and 2.8 on Amazon out of over 100 reviews, because I still really want to read it, even though so many people say it falls apart at the end. A few people loved it, though, so…optimism.
It took me going through the list a few times to pare things down to something reasonable, but now I can get through my entire Goodreads TBR in a couple of minutes. It’s funny how digital clutter can weigh you down.
There are definitely still books on there that I’m 100% not going to read, just like there are books in my house I’ll probably never read. But without opening every single book on Amazon and reading sample pages, this is the best I can do based on covers and blurbs. And I can tell I’d never read some of these blurbs, because when I read them, I was like, “What the hell is this doing on my TBR?”
Books needed to have more going for them than just a pretty cover. And yeah, I deleted books just because the cover was hideous. I unhauled some books last month, and one of them was given away because the spine was an eyesore, and another was added to the pile because I hated the title. You can ask, but logic isn’t involved here.
Overall, I’ve managed to keep my Amazon cart from growing thus far, and moving forward, I want to actually read blurbs before I add books to my TBR, or at least skim them. Yeah, I’ve bought a few books without reading the blurb, but that’s not all the time! And last time I did that, it was a graphic novel, and that’s different. 😀 I do usually read blurbs before actually buying something. ^_^